Injuries, sequelae, and treatment of lightning-induced injuries: 10 years of experience at a swiss trauma center

Pfortmueller, Carmen A.; Yikun, Yang; Haberkern, Monika; Wuest, Erwin; Zimmermann, Heinz; Exadaktylos, Aristomenis K. (2012). Injuries, sequelae, and treatment of lightning-induced injuries: 10 years of experience at a swiss trauma center. Emergency medicine international, 2012, p. 167698. Cairo (Egypt): Hindawi Publishing Corporation 10.1155/2012/167698

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Principals. Lightning is one of the most powerful and spectacular natural phenomena. Lightning strikes to humans are uncommon but can cause devastating injuries. We analyzed lightning-related admissions to our emergency department from January 2000 to December 2010 to review and highlight the main features of lightning-related injuries. Methods. All data were collected prospectively and entered in the emergency department' database (Qualicare Switzerland) and retrospectively analyzed. Results. Nine patients with lightning-related injuries presented to our emergency department. Four were female, and five were male. The most common site of injury was the nervous system (6 out of 9 patients) followed by the cardiovascular system (5 out of 9 patients). The third most common injuries occurred to the skin (3 out of 9 patients). Four of the patients had to be hospitalized for further observation. Conclusion. Reports of lightning strikes and related injuries are scarce. The establishment of an international register would therefore benefit the understanding of their injury patterns and facilitate specific treatment.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine > Centre of Competence for General Internal Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine and Anaesthesiology (DINA) > University Emergency Center

UniBE Contributor:

Pfortmüller, Carmen; Haberkern Schläpfer, Monika; Zimmermann, Heinz and Exadaktylos, Aristomenis Konstantinos

ISSN:

2090-2840

Publisher:

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:34

Last Modified:

02 Jan 2015 08:27

Publisher DOI:

10.1155/2012/167698

PubMed ID:

22666596

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.13523

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/13523 (FactScience: 220075)

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